An Irish republican tradition?

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Title: An Irish republican tradition?
Authors: Garvin, Tom
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Date: 2004
Abstract: This paper argues that there has indeed been a long-standing republican political tradition in Ireland, dating perhaps from the American and French revolutions and certainly from the 1850s. Intellectually it has been less than coherent, and commonly it has been a very broad church indeed, containing in its ranks constitutional monarchs, communists, near fascists and national democrats. Contrary to modern claims that Irish republicanism has always favoured neutrality, it is pointed out that Irish republicans have commonly favoured alliances with great powers as counterweights to Great Britain. Republican constitutional theory has remained rather underdeveloped and cannot compete for intellectual depth with the mainline Irish political tradition represented by the constitutions of 1922 and 1937. Modern IRA associated attempts at political theory betray a fantasist style of thinking and an utter disregard for both political realities and the whole question of popular consent.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 39
Copyright (published version): The author, 2004
Keywords: IRARepublicanismIrelandGreat BritainNeutralityConstitutions
Subject LCSH: Republicanism--Ireland
Ireland--Politics and government
Ireland--Foreign relations
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at the IBIS conference “The future of republicanism: confronting theory and practice in contemporary Ireland”, University College Dublin, 7 May 2004
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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